Robert Anthony “Butch” Sonka, 75, died Aug. 18, 2019, in Port Jervis, N.Y. He was the son of the late Al and Helen (Bechowski) Sonka.
He ran his own painting and towing business on Lehigh Street, Allentown, for many years. He also raced stock cars for Broadway Speed Shop at Dorney Park.
He was a member of the Fearless Fire Company and the V.F.W. Post 2124 in Allentown.
He is survived by a brother, Al and his wife, Mary Lou; three nephews, Brian Soler and Jack and Mike; great-nephews and a great-niece; many friends. He was predeceased by a sister, Sandy.
Frank W. “Skip” Deutsch III, of Emmaus, died Sept. 3, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Jane L. (Whitesell) Deutsch, with whom he shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of Catherine (Beck) and Frank W. Deutsch Jr.
He honorably served his country in the Army during Vietnam.
He worked at Bethlehem Steel, retiring in 1998. He later worked for 21 years at Locust Valley Golf Course.
He had a passion for golf and loved dogs.
He was of the protestant faith.
Louis Furmansky, 92, of Macungie, died Sept. 3, 2019, with his wife of 70 years by his side. He was the husband of Shirley Furmansky. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Morris and Sarah Furmansky.
He was a lifelong automobile dealer. He was a co-owner of Mozes Brothers Buick, Superfine Motors and Allentown Mazda-Volvo.
He was a lifetime member of Congregation Agudas Achim and Temple Beth El.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Helen Kirschbaum; son, Stewart and his wife, Carol; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
Charles J. “Jake” Harry, 75, of Salisbury Township, died Sept. 5, 2019, in his home. He was the husband of Linda L. (Gollie) Harry for the past 54 years. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Victor and Marie (Eckhart) Harry.
He was a member of the Labor Union #1174 for over 50 years.
He was a veteran of the United States Army.
Mary Dalla Palu, 92, of Salisbury Township, died Sept. 7, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg. She was the wife of the late John A. Dalla Palu, who died in 2012. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Josephine (Roncolato) Reck.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Allentown.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Gertrude Allmer, 78, of Alburtis, died Sept. 6, 2019, at her residence surrounded by family. She was the wife of Alwin Allmer, of Alburtis. Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Emma (Starke) and Paul Danneberg.
She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Reading and a member of the Reading Liederkranz for over 50 years.
She was a graduate of Reading High School after which she completed training as a dental assistant.
Robert A. “Bobby” Miller, 63, of Lower Macungie Township, died Sept. 3, 2019, under hospice care. He was the husband of the late Bonnie M. (Loupos) who died in October 2009. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Thomas S. and Patricia A. (Ritter) Miller and was a 1975 graduate of Pennsylvania School of the Deaf in Philadelphia and enjoyed participating in the deaf club community.
Prior to retiring in 2002, he was employed at Lucent for 25 years and was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.
James “Pez” A. Pezoldt Jr., 62, of Emmaus, died peacefully Sept. 8, 2019. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late James A. Sr. and Dorothy S. (Werst) Pezoldt.
His legacy is the friendships and love he shared for everyone.
He is survived by a son, Beau (Gregg); sister, Sue Stear (Tim); brother, Kirk (Pat); niece, Mollie Stear; nephews, Adam, Kyle and Chad.
Contributions may be made to the funeral home to help defray expenses.
George B. Lapp, 95, of Emmaus, died Sept. 1, 2019. He was the husband of Irene L. (Danner) Lapp. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Roy D. and Ethel M. (Diefenderfer) Lapp.
He is survived by his wife; children, Debra and her husband, Donald Burns, Eugene and his wife, Sandra and Denise and her husband, Donald Christman; sister, Clara Disharoon; brother, John; grandchildren, Daniel Burns, Jonathan Burns and his wife, Diana, Kevin and Steven, Darielle and her husband, Jeffery Karl and Douglas Christman; three great-grandchildren, Elliot, Julian and Dean.
Robert G. Blacker, 71, of New York City, died Aug. 30, 2019. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Ernest and Stella (Fedak) Blacker.
He was a graduate of Emmaus High School and Cornell University.
He was passionate about his 50-year career in theater. He worked with Joseph Papp at the Public Theater in New York, then helped Des McAnuff reestablish the LaJolla Playhouse, where he served as dramaturg and associate artistic director. As artistic director of the Sundance Theatre Lab he helped to develop many new plays by mentoring countless playwrights and actors.